Most certainly NOT a Clark Gable vehicle.....
, 18 Dec 2012
I really wish I had read your review, Tina Miles, before I had put this really awful film down on my list. If I had done, no way would it have gotten on there. This is the type of film which might have been shown at the Saturday morning children's matinees I used to attend way back in the early 1940s, but even then we 10/12 years olds would not have put up with such trash. It would have been hissed off the screen. Nowhere near enough action for us kids, we would never have put up with such dull, badly directed and badly acted stuff.
The star of this film was NOT Clark Gable, but one William Boyd, later better known as Hopalong Cassidy, whose films were regularly shown on our children's matinees. They may not have been great works of art, but they were as manna from heaven compared to this rubbish, and we kids certainly enjoyed them.
Apart from anything else Clark Gable played a minor role in this film, 6th in importance in the cast list, AND he played the villain, and badly at that. This must have been his first film. To have issued this as a Clark Gable vehicle was an absolute travesty, and whoever was responsible should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. On my copy there was no 'Clark Gable on Film', documenting the star's life, just a couple of seconds 'intro' (at the end of the film) by an aged Tony Curtis and the trailer for 'Mutiny on the Bounty' (now there was a really great film, a classic, what an insult to put it on the same disc as this dull as ditchwater rubbish, a 3rd rate B
Western. Avoid it like the plague).
There was a silent on a vaguely similar subject entitled 'The Winning of Barbara Worth' (alternative title: 'Desert Flower') made some years previous to this. It starred Gary Cooper, Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky, was directed by Henry King and produced by Samuel Goldwyn. I have not seen this film (something I hope to rectify in the not too distant future; it exists in a DVD version), but I imagine it must be miles away superior to the awful 'Painted Desert'.
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